Ukhamba Giving Event Aims to Foster Education Through Innovative Approaches
On October 25, 2018, the Southern Africa Trust will host its 5th giving event to raise funds for organisations working towards achieving social change. The Ukhamba Giving Circle falls under the Southern Africa Trust #Change4Ever Campaign which is one of the Trust’s key initiatives aimed at promoting social giving as a tool to eradicate poverty.
Aptly named after the customary container used for storing water or traditional beer, the Ukhamba is usually passed around a group of people who share its contents, which links to the concept of giving to a cause that ultimately benefits communities at large.
The campaign’s main objectives are raising awareness, public participation and ‘direct-from-public’ fundraising. This year’s topic is “Fostering Education Through Innovative Approaches”.
South Africa currently has over 12 million learners, some 386 600 teachers and approximately 26 000 schools; including 1 098 registered independent or privately owned schools. South Africa has set itself the goals of eradicating poverty, reducing inequality and growing the economy by an average of 5.4 percent, and cutting the unemployment rate to 6 percent by 2030. Education, training and innovation are critical to the attainment of these goals.
The Southern Africa Trust, in this year’s giving event tries to promote projects that come up with innovate solutions to support the education sector.
“Our aim with this campaign is to expand our reach to a broader community of men and women as well as girls and boys from all walks of life that share our deep commitment to finding permanent and sustainable solutions to poverty as opposed to merely alleviating situations.” – Ms. Lusungu Kanchenche (Acting CEO, Southern Africa Trust).
“The campaign is also about galvanizing the power of people towards collectively finding solutions to poverty by rallying behind credible interventions,” she said.
Four organisations focusing on innovations that respond to the challenges in education in South Africa will present their projects to potential funders on the night of October 25 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In 2017, Ukhamba raised R400 000 for beneficiaries through pledges made at the event last year.
The Trust invites media, community members and potential funders to the Ukhamba event taking place on Thursday 25 October, at Monte Casino, Conference Room in Johannesburg from 6.30pm-10pm.
A short discussion forum will provide the background for Education, challenges and innovations to overcome the backlogs. Award winning Afro-Soul Artist, Berita will perform for the night.
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